Volume 35, Issue 1
COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
| The Raw (And Ugly) Truth About The War On Drugs|
By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Drugs are bad. Drugs destroy peoples' lives. Didn't you know that
marijuana turns regular everyday people into zombie pot smokers? That's
why we have a war on drugs in America: to protect our children from
Drugs are bad. Especially marijuana. I learned this the
other day when I visited an elementary school as a guest speaker. The
schoolchildren were well trained in describing the dangers of drugs. On
command, they would spout out any number of statements describing them.
But then a funny thing happened. I started asking how many of them were
on drugs. You know, drugs their doctor prescribed. Drugs that alter
brain chemistry to keep them docile, or free of pain, or to dilate
their lungs so they could breathe easier.
turned out that 60% of these schoolchildren were either on drugs at
that very moment, or had been on such drugs within the last twelve
months. Two-thirds of the teachers were on drugs, too. And it's not at
all a stretch to believe that 40% or more of all parents are on drugs.
Mild-altering drugs like antidepressants, no less.
A nation of drug addicts_
Fact is we are a nation of drug addicts. We drug ourselves, our elderly
and our children on a daily basis. We do it with prescription
medications, over-the-counter pills, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine… and
we say it's all fine because those drugs are legal.
But wait a minute, you say. Those legal drugs are different from
marijuana. They're FDA-approved drugs, prescribed by a doctor. They
have a medical purpose.
Oh really? Ritalin has a
medical purpose? What medical symptoms does Ritalin treat, then? What
measurable physiological state is addressed with Ritalin? There are
none, of course. Ritalin is an authority drug. It keeps children in
line. It makes teachers feel less stress and parents feel less guilt.
Ritalin is a mind-altering narcotic, and yet millions of children are
on it today. Its purpose is not to help children, but to make life more
convenient for those who manage children.
think statin drugs have a medical purpose? Think again. In reality,
they only have a profit purpose. These drugs were invented to sell
pills that manage disease states in people, not that solve any real
health problem. Don't believe me? Just stop taking your statin drugs,
if you dare, and watch your cholesterol skyrocket. You'll find out
you're a slave to the drug, and no healthier than before.
What's the difference between legal and illegal drugs?_
So what's the real difference between legal drugs and illegal drugs?
Some people think that only illegal drugs are habit-forming. Yet legal
drugs can be just as addictive as illegal drugs. Just ask anyone who
has tried to quit smoking, go off caffeine, or kick to Oxycontin habit.
So is there some other difference between illegal drugs and legal
drugs? People argue that legal drugs are safe. They're FDA-approved!
And yet they fail to recognize that prescription drugs kill more
Americans each year than all the crack, meth, and heroin deaths
Okay, then, what about the argument
that illegal drugs have no medicinal purpose, and legal drugs do have a
medicinal purpose. What about that? Wrong again. Medical marijuana is a
medically proven treatment for a variety of conditions, yet marijuana
still remains illegal. Even MDMA (now called "Ecstasy" on the street)
was long considered an effective "experiential drug" that helped
severely traumatized adult patients overcome past pains through
improved clarity. At the same time, tobacco smoke has no medical
purpose whatsoever, yet cigarettes remain perfectly legal.
real difference between these two classes of drugs is not their medical
merit, nor their safety. The real difference is something far more
sinister. It gets right down to answering the question of why DEA
agents will raid medical marijuana clinics, yet stand by doing nothing
while Americans smoke themselves to death on tobacco.
Want to know the real answer? I very much doubt you do. Because, like
most Americans, you won't believe it. You've been blinded to the
obvious truth for your whole life, manipulated by the media, and
brainwashed by advertising that has turned you into a
statistically-validated consumer. You'll think, no, this couldn't
possibly be true. The world isn't that unjust, you think. But you're
wrong. (Take the free Gullibility Factor test to find out if you're
really a mind slave or not…)
Here's the raw, blunt truth about the
war on drugs. Drugs are declared legal or illegal based primarily on
who benefits from their manufacture, distribution and sale.
Corporate and government profits determine the legality_
Let me put this another way. You know why cigarettes are still legal?
Consider this: here's a product that admittedly kills people. It has no
health benefit whatsoever. It is a threat to the public health. Yet why
does it remain legal? Because states get a cut of cigarette sales
thanks to the Big Tobacco settlement a few years back. Keeping
cigarettes legal results in desperately-needed revenues for states…
revenues that are almost never spent on anti-smoking campaigns, by the
It's a classic racket: tobacco is allowed to
remain legal because powerful institutions get a cut of the action.
While people die from lung cancer, states get financial resuscitation
by taking a cut of every sale. States are trading your health for their
Think I'm being overly cynical? Let's
take a look at gambling laws. Organized gambling is illegal at both the
state and federal levels in this country. Except, of course, when
government gets a cut. Casino-friendly states didn't just make casinos
legal for the good of the public: they legalized gambling in exchange
for a cut of the action. It's a classic, mob-style "protection fee."
If you want to test this theory, launch your own online gambling
website. You'll be shut down almost immediately and charged with
serious crimes. Gambling and organized betting is illegal, didn't you
know? That is, unless the state runs the show, as in state lotteries.
It's right in your face, folks: gambling is legal when powerful
corporations or institutions get a piece of the action. It's illegal
when they don't. It has nothing at all to do with morality, or
protecting people, or doing what's right. It's all about money, pure
and simple. Just ask all the corrupt politicians in Missouri who
legalized riverboat gambling a few years back.
Getting back to drugs, why do you think alcohol remains a legal drug?
Because states and cities tax it. State governments are addicted to
alcoholics as a source of revenue to fund their voter entitlement
programs that get politicians reelected. Alcohol is a cash machine for
cities and states.
Sometimes the exact same
chemical is both legal and illegal, depending on who profits from it.
The FDA, for example, banned the Chinese herb ma huang because it
contains ephedra. Yet the exact same chemical compound remains
perfectly legal in over-the-counter drugs like Sudafed and a variety of
cold medicines. Sudafed even gets its name from ephedra:
"pseudo-ephedrine." So why is ephedrine illegal in herbs, yet legal in
pharmacy drugs manufactured by drug companies? You already know the
With all that in mind, why do you think
prescription drugs that kill people remain legal? Think carefully now…
If you guessed, "Because powerful corporations generate billions in
profits selling drugs, and governments get a cut of that via state
sales taxes and corporate income taxes" then BINGO! You win a prize: a
lifetime of free Prozac to keep you happy!
Legal drugs generate windfall profits for those in power_
Think about it: if prescription drugs were peddled by street dealers
instead of doctors, and if all that revenue changed hands in a
non-taxable, non-corporate structure (i.e. street cash), then you'd be
seeing full-scale law enforcement action against the makers,
distributors and sellers of those drugs. You'd also see endless
headlines about how dangerous they were: "Street painkillers kill
twelve in South Miami!"
The sad truth of the
matter, though, is that those very same painkilling drugs killed at
least twelve people in South Miami this very day. But you'll never here
about it in the media. Because the news networks are sponsored by drug
companies, of course. (The news is not designed to inform you, it's
designed to shape your reality, to turn you into a consumer of whatever
products the corporations are peddling this year. Didn't you know?)
Every drug that's legal is legal for one simple reason: somebody in a
position of power is keeping it legal because they're getting a cut.
Non-patentable drugs are usually outlawed_
That's why medical marijuana is illegal: because government doesn't
control its distribution, nor does government receive a financial cut.
You can bet your life that if Big Pharma owned the patents on medical
marijuana and could set monopolistic prices on it, pot would be
perfectly legal to own and smoke. That is, as long as you got it from a
pharmacy where prices and distribution could be controlled.
is the key here. You think the FDA is discrediting drugs from Canada in
order to protect your health? Get real. The FDA is simply protecting
the monopoly drug market in this country. It's controlling distribution
points in the U.S. in the same way that a crack dealer assassinates his
street corner competition. Eliminate the competition, and you can set
whatever price you want. That's why uninformed U.S. consumers pay
30,000% markup prices for drugs that can be acquired in Mexico or
Canada for pennies on the dollar.
It's not about your health; it's about their wealth_
You see corporate America doesn't really care what you put in your
mouth, up your nose, through your lungs or into your veins, as long as
they get a cut from it. That's the whole prescription drug racket in a
nutshell: it's billions of dollars in annual profits generated from
mind-altering (yet legal) drugs that flat-out kill people. Lots of
people. Like 100,000 Americans a year (or a lot more if you believe
more critical statistics).
So if you've ever
wondered why Ritalin - which has no medical purpose whatsoever - is
perfectly legal, and yet medical marijuana - which has a well-proven
medical purpose - is outlawed, now you know the answer: because Ritalin
makes powerful people rich. And marijuana doesn't. Anybody can grow
marijuana. Drug companies don't control the patents.
Why I teach people to be 100% drug free_
Now, just for the record, I do not personally use any drugs whatsoever
(recreational, over-the-counter, prescription or otherwise), and in
fact, I teach people to be 100% free of all drugs, including caffeine
and alcohol. I bought into the "just say no to drugs" advice of Nancy
Reagan, and I actually applied it to ALL drugs, not just selective
And as far as I can tell, aside from the
Mormons and the Amish, there are only a small percentage of truly
drug-free people living in this country. Practically everybody I meet
is addicted to at least one of the following: coffee, cigarettes,
alcohol, pain meds, prescription drugs or sugar (which alters brain
chemistry in drug-like fashion).
At the same
time, I'm not at all fooled by this silly "War on Drugs" charade, which
is really nothing more than enforcement of corporate drug profits at
gunpoint. If we had a genuine war on drugs in this country that really
worked to protect the American people we'd send DEA agents into drug
company offices and confiscate all the legalized but deadly medications
being manufactured, distributed and deceptively sold to unwitting
Medical marijuana is a threat to
both the profits and power of drug companies, not to mention the
credibility of the DEA. Letting grannies smoke pot in California makes
DEA agents look silly. If it were allowed, it would also undermine the
billions of dollars already spent incarcerating people for "pot
crimes." Basically, it would make the whole War on Drugs look stupid.
Which it most assuredly is, at least when it comes to marijuana.
I can understand taking a tough stance on hard drugs (crack, meth,
heroin, etc.), but arresting cancer patients who smoke joints for pain
control sounds a lot more like oppression than law enforcement to me.
what is the War on Drugs? It's an excuse to control you. It is a system
that keeps the population in a state of constant fear so that heroic
politicians can get elected on empty promises to "keep fighting the war
The DEA is AWOL on most drug issues_
Where is this War on Drugs when it comes to Grandma in the nursing
home, who died of a stroke caused by Cox-2 inhibitor drugs? Where is
the War on Drugs when little Johnny schoolboy picks up a rifle and
blows away his classmates because he's on antidepressants and can't
tell the difference between real life and a first-person-shooter video
game? Where is the War on Drugs when 16,500 people each year die,
shitting digested blood until they pass out and die because that daily
dose of aspirin tore a gaping hole in their stomach?
The War on Drugs, you see, turns a blind eye to the death and suffering
caused by these drugs. The DEA pretends prescription drugs don't even
exist. No prescription drug death has ever been prevented by the DEA as
far as I know. Yet 100,000 Americans are killed each year by
FDA-approved drugs. The DEA has no interest whatsoever in protecting
Americans from these drugs. Ever wonder why?
DEA is properly named, by the way. It's the Drug Enforcement Agency.
It's enforcing drugs. The right drugs. The legal drugs. The drugs that
make money for drug companies, drug distributors, drug retailers,
cities, states and countries. It's enforcement at gunpoint, and as long
as the money keeps flowing, the drugs will stay perfectly legal,
regardless of who dies.
The entire distribution
system is well in place: the false and misleading television
advertising, the outright bribery of drug dealers (doctors), the street
corner fulfillment centers (pharmacies), and the coordinating drug lord
running the show (the Fraud and Drug Administration). It's a brilliant
system for manufacturing, promoting, delivering and selling deadly,
addictive drugs to children, adults and seniors while generating
corporate profits and tax revenues for cities, states and nations.
And that's the raw truth about the War on Drugs. You may not like it,
but now, at least, you know why it exists.
have a common sense question for all the people in this country. If you
support the War on Drugs, then why are you taking so many drugs
yourself? And why are you allowing your children to be drugged?
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